What a gem. Glad I found this in my archive today. I was on MacDill Air Force Base to photograph an Army golf tournament in 2007. I showed up early and the sun was still rising. The light was low and warm. A long row of golf carts lined up waiting for the golfers to arrive. The black bird was on the first cart, and I stood behind the last cart and shot through the tunnel of their open windows.
This was a nice moment of simply being aware of the light and the bird and forgetting about the tension rising in my nerves as I was preparing to shoot high-ranking military officers in my first golf tournament. I call this contemplative photography. Slowing down. Being mindful. Encountering a moment that strikes you, and then enduring with that moment.
Andy Karr and Michael Wood present their own Eastern take on contemplative photography here. However you approach contemplative photography, I think the value is in enduring with a moment, and letting the moment compel you to see and listen in ways that may be contrary to the intentions you brought to the situation.